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Campaign group have beaten the clock and raised funds for feasibility study to transform Liverpool flyover | in Liverpool Echo 15/04/13

By Eleanor Barlow

Group needed to raise more than £40,800 to carry out study

Flyover from above, Liverpool

Friends of the Flyover’s vision of the Churchill flyover

A campaign group hoping to transform a Liverpool flyover tonight secured the money it needs to get its project off the ground.

Friends of the Flyover hit their target of raising more than £40,800 needed to carry out a feasibility study on turning turning the Churchill flyover into a “promenade in the sky”.

The group has raised money on a crowd funding website but only had until last night to reach the target.

Kate Stewart, from Friends of the Flyover, said: “It has really been quite overwhelming to see how much the city is taking it to heart.

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“Lots of businesses have been supportive and it feels more like a partnership across the city.

“The public have been incredible.”

The proposals would see the roads turned into cyclist and pedestrian-friendly routes with planting, kiosks, cafes, lighting and power infrastructure in a scheme modelled on the High Line in New York.

It would also see a programme of cultural events developed and could include a “theatre in the round” at the circular pedestrian ramp behind the World Museum.

Friends of the Flyover's vision of the Churchill flyover

Friends of the Flyover’s vision of the Churchill flyover

The project would cost between £2m and £3m.

The council has proposed demolishing the flyover in its future planning strategy.

The group has raised money through a crowd funding website but only has until midnight to reach the target.

The Friends of the Flyover group was set up after the city’s 2012 Strategic Investment Framework (SIF) proposed the removal of the Churchill flyover, which runs from Islington, past Central Library and the World Museum though to Dale Street.

This article first appeared on the Liverpool Echo website.

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